(The Nation) - Billionaire David Koch’s prime political organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), having failed in its $125 million quest to oust President Barack Obama, is now aiming at a slightly less sophisticated political target: victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was the second most costly in American history, leaving 100 lives lost, over $50 billion in devastation and tens of thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. Legislative efforts to help those who survived Hurricane Sandy’s wrath will reach a major stumbling block.
Earlier this week, AFP, which is chaired by Koch and believed to be financed by several other plutocrats from the New York City region, released a letter warning members of Congress not to vote for the proposed federal aid package for victims of the storm that swept New Jersey, New York City and much of the surrounding area in October. An announcement on the group’s website says that the vote next week for the Sandy aid package will be a “key vote”—meaning senators who support sending money for reconstruction could face an avalanche of attack ads in their next election. Already, opposition to the bill is growing, although it passed one procedural hurdle last night.
There is some legitimate criticism with aspects of the legislation, including the fact that some of the money will go to non-Sandy related reconstruction efforts in disaster areas. For AFP, however, the whole bill must die and victims of the storm deserve no help from the government.
The Koch brothers are enemies of all that is good. See above.
"He’s got 70 guys who didn’t go to Congress to limit government, they came there to stop it. So how do you deal with guys who came to stop government, or Grover wandering the earth in his white robe saying he wants to drown government in the bathtub. I hope he slips in there with it."
"You know what, Ann Coulter? Mitt Romney very well may have won if he had Ronald Reagan’s demographics, but that was 30 years ago. Sure, Dick Morris, maybe you would have been right for once if you hadn’t used outdated voter statistics. And if ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we’d all have a merry effing Christmas, wouldn’t we?"
"The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things? The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore."
Headline of the night. And it’s still 50/50 in Minnesota.
Now, wouldn’t that just be the cherry on top?
Colbert has advice for some members of the GOP or:
who continually drop the ‘R’ word. [x]
I have to give Stephen credit where credit is due.
Finally! I’ve been waiting for this gif
"I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
"Romney’s empathy – or lack thereof – has been a problem through the entire campaign. Recently, the candidate made a gay Vietnam veteran bristle when Romney told him he did not support marriage equality. Two of the plaintiffs who led the fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts described their meeting with the former governor as unpleasant and insensitive. Then-Governor Romney allegedly stated that he “didn’t know” that LGBT people had families, and that it wasn’t his concern what one of the plaintiffs told her 8-year-old daughter when she asked why her moms weren’t married."
How did Wyoming get fired from the U.S. and Ohio got to stay? I call shenanigans.
Dear Ohio, please let this long gif of Obama explain this to you:
“I’m a black, gay woman. I think the only way for the GOP to hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.” - Wanda Sykes